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Long Beach: Brass Monkey Racing preview

Brass Monkey Racing Takes Nissan GT-Rs to Long Beach LONG BEACH, CA - Brass Monkey Racing and its pair of Nissan GT-R World Challenge racecars head to Southern California this weekend, April 16-18, for the Toyo Tires World Challenge at Long...

Brass Monkey Racing Takes Nissan GT-Rs to Long Beach

LONG BEACH, CA - Brass Monkey Racing and its pair of Nissan GT-R World Challenge racecars head to Southern California this weekend, April 16-18, for the Toyo Tires World Challenge at Long Beach Presented by Bondurant Round Three race, part of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend.

After introducing the renowned GT-R brand to the North American racing scene March 26-28 in St. Petersburg, Fla., the team returned to its Houston-based raceshop to continue development on the new machines.

Utilizing completely stock driveline components and engine management, the team focused on cooling system improvements for the twin-turbocharged V6 engine and complex all-wheel drive differentials and transmission.

"This is a work in progress, and our goal is to make improvements to these cars each race and eventually win pole positions and races," Brass Monkey Racing Owner A.J. Brass said. "Long Beach is going to be a tough test with a larger field than St. Petersburg, but we look forward to showcasing the Nissan's on the biggest stage of the season in such a popular market for the GT-R."

For drivers Tony Rivera and Steve Ott, the goal is similar to St. Petersburg--finish the race and improve the car's performance over the course of the weekend.

"St. Pete went well for me but it could have been better," Rivera said. "Had I not had some overheating issues, I could have come home with a pair of top fives. Hopefully, we have addressed some of those issues but won't know for sure until Sunday afternoon's race."

"I can't dwell on what happened in St. Pete," Ott said of the incidents that eliminated him from both races, leaving him 16th in points. "I've put that behind me and look forward to racing at Long Beach. We expect to put both of our Nissans in the top 10 and work our way back into the 2010 Championships."

Rivera, who finished seventh at Long Beach in 2009 driving a Porsche, sits ninth in points after the opening two Rounds in St. Petersburg, where he finished seventh and eighth, respectively. Ott is 16th after retiring from both events.

The #96 (Ott) and #97 (Rivera) Nissan/Brass Monkey Racing Nissan GT-Rs will be in action Friday afternoon, April 16, for the opening Round of practice at 4:20 p.m. (PST). It'll be a quick night for the Monkeys, as the next practice is scheduled for Saturday morning, at 7:15 a.m. Sunday brings qualifying at 8:25 a.m., with the Round Three race running after the IndyCar race, at 4:15 p.m.

The team will attend the traditional Thunder on Pine fan festival on Pine Street in Long Beach from 6-10 p.m. Both Rivera and Ott will be on hand to sign autographs and interact with fans along with one of the team cars. The event is open to the public.

-source: bmr

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Drivers Tony Rivera , Steve Ott